Homestand Continues As TCU Hosts Oklahoma State
March 1, 2012
GAME DAY INFORMATIONNo. 18 TCU (2-5) vs. Oklahoma State (5-4)
|Dates (Time)||Friday, March 2 (6:30 p.m.) | Saturday, March 3 (2 p.m.) | Sunday, March 4 (1 p.m.)|
|Location||Lupton Stadium (4,500) | Fort Worth, Texas|
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FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs continue an eight-game homestand this weekend when they host future Big 12 foe Oklahoma State for a three-game series. The Friday and Sunday games will air live on The Mtn. (DIRECTV 616).
TCU saw its streak of not being shut out come to an end on Tuesday night in a 1-0 loss to Texas State.
The Frogs had scored in 165 straight games dating back to the 2009 season.
After committing just one error through the first three games, the Frogs have tallied 10 in the last four.
Derek Odell became the 14th Horned Frog to debut on Friday at Cal State Fullerton.
Odell and Kyle Von Tungeln each connected for their first career home runs over the weekend.
Jerrick Suiter tripled and drove in two runs on the first pitch he saw of his collegiate career to help the Frogs to their lone win on Friday.
Preston Morrison has both of the Frogs' wins this season and hasn't allowed a run in his first 8 1/3 innings pitched.
Kaleb Merck is 2-for-2 in save opportunities in his return from Tommy John surgery.
OKLAHOMA STATE NOTABLES
Oklahoma State saw its five-game winning streak come to an end with a 7-1 loss to Missouri State on Wednesday afternoon.
The Cowboys were swept by Cal Poly to open the season, suffering two shutouts.
Oklahoma State has seen 17 players make their debut in a Cowboy uniform this season.
Gabe Weidenaar has been swinging the hottest bat on the season, hitting .556 with a pair of home runs.
Defensively, the Cowboys sport a .961 fielding percentage, having committed 13 errors which have led to 14 unearned runs.
On the mound, the staff has posted a 3.46 ERA with 85 strikeouts.
Chase Stevens is 2-0 with a miniscule 0.61 ERA in three appearances.
Opponents are 11-of-13 in stolen bases against Oklahoma State this season.
TCU and Oklahoma State will be meeting on the diamond for the 23rd time.
The series is tied at 11-11 after the Horned Frogs took a 2-1 series victory in Stillwater last year.
The Horned Frogs are 3-3 against the Cowboys since Jim Schlossnagle took over.
TCU's only other victory in the series came in 2004, when they won 14-6 in the SW Diamond Classic hosted by Dallas Baptist.
The Frogs first home runs of the season came from unlikely sources. In just his second start of his career, Derek Odell hit the first home run of the season for the Horned Frogs.
Junior Kyle Von Tungeln got the monkey off his back Sunday afternoon, connecting on his first career home run.
Jason Coats is just a double away from tying the career record of 59 doubles held by Royce Huffman. His double against Cal State Fullerton on Sunday helped him move into second on the career list, passing Matt Carpenter, who tallied 57 doubles in his career.
Preston Morrison has impressed in his short time as a Horned Frog. The freshman has both of the TCU wins this season, both in a relief role. He has surrendered just four hits in 8 1/3 innings pitched and tallied four strikeouts.
After committing just one error in the first four games of the season, the Frogs tallied 10 in the four games against Cal State Fullerton and Texas State. Five of them came in game three against the Titans and cost the Frogs six unearned runs in a game that TCU eventually lost 11-10.
Four of the Frogs 11 errors on the season came in the fourth inning on Sunday as the Frogs allowed the Titans to score nine runs.
On the season, TCU is fielding .961. The 11 errors have cost the Frogs nine unearned runs this season.
In taking a tough 1-0 loss on Tuesday night, freshman Brandon Finnegan showed tons of promise with a solid five innings of work against the Bobcats. He allowed back-to-back hits with one out in the first that provided the winning run for Texas State. After that, he settled in and finished the night with a career-high eight strikeouts.
On the season, Finnegan has a 2.16 ERA in four appearances.
REACHING A MILESTONE
Friday night's come-from-behind victory over Cal State Fullerton marked the 350th win for Head Coach Jim Schlossnagle as the skipper of the TCU Horned Frogs. He ranks second all-time in school history behind longtime head coach Lance Brown. During the Frogs playoff run in 2010, he passed the legendary Frank Windegger who had 298 wins during his career.